In verse 6, we read, “The Lord protects the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me.” This reminds me of a phrase my husband often uses. “God protects the stupid.” There are many examples of choices I made in my youth that proves this point. I would like to think that I have outgrown my propensity towards stupidity as an adult, but that is not always the case.
Oftentimes, I will say something without taking into consideration the harm my comment might do. Sometimes, I will fail to reach out to a person who needs a friend. Sometimes, my priorities get out-of-whack and I neglect to nurture important relationships with God and with others and with myself. This psalm reminds us that no matter how simple we are – no matter what it is that binds us – insecurity, self-centeredness, apathy, bitterness, holding grudges – God, in infinite grace and mercy, continues to “deal bountifully” with us.
Offer a prayer of confession today, commit yourself to making better choices in your life, and rest in the promise of God’s forgiveness.